Belgique, Missouri

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Belgique watello
unincorporated community
Belgique, Missouri, roadsign
Belgique, Missouri, roadsign
Location of Perry County, Missouri
Location of Perry County, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°50′15″N 89°46′52″W / 37.83750°N 89.78111°W / 37.83750; -89.78111Coordinates: 37°50′15″N 89°46′52″W / 37.83750°N 89.78111°W / 37.83750; -89.78111
Country United States
State Missouri
County Perry
Township Bois Brule [1]
Elevation 372 ft (113 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63775
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-04042 [2]
GNIS feature ID 713893 [2]

Belgique is an unincorporated community in eastern Perry County, Missouri, USA. It is located about five miles south of Chester, Illinois in Perry County's Bois Brule Township.

Name[edit]

Since a town already existed in Missouri by the name of Belgium, the Flemish residents opted to use the French name for their homeland.

History[edit]

The town was originally settled by Catholic Flemings from Belgium. A Catholic church, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, existed in Belgique from 1884 to 1992.[3] A post office was established in 1890, but as the name "Belgium" had already been taken, the French name for Belgium "Belgique" was used instead.[4] Its post office has closed and its mail now comes from Perryville.[5] Since the flood of 1993 there is no longer an existing town.[6]

Floods[edit]

Of the many floods over the centuries, most devastating flood was the Great Flood of 1993. The subsequent flood destroyed the village, leaving only a handful of residents to return to the area following the flood.

Geography[edit]

Belgique is located on the flat alluvial plain of the Bois Brule Bottom situated in the northern part of Perry County.

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